October 25, 2022

SCIENTIST PRODUCTION GRADE A: LARGE PELAGICS

CENTRE : Cape Town (Foretrust Building)


REQUIREMENTS : Applicants should be in possession of a B.Sc. Honours degree in fisheries
sciences with a strong quantitative focus and with 3 years appropriate marine
research experience. Candidates with Compulsory registration with South
African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) as a professional
scientist. Knowledge of biology, ecology, life history strategies and population
dynamics of large pelagic predators. Experience in conducting biological
dissections in a laboratory. Knowledge of the large pelagic longline and tuna
pole-line fisheries. Computer literacy and the ability to utilize word processing,
spreadsheet programmes. Proven ability to organize, manage, interpret and
analyses large datasets within a relational database environment (e.g. MS
Access).

Proven ability to analyses data within the statistical software package
R Experience in biological assessments and interpretation of biological data
and stock assessment results in the fisheries context. The ability and
willingness to work at sea for extended periods, on inshore and offshore
research- as well as commercial vessels and ski-boats. The ability to spend
extensive periods away from home while on field trips, or while attending
courses and scientific symposia and meetings. The successful candidate must
pass a medical for seafarers in terms of Section 101 of the SAMSA Act, 1951
(Act No. 57 of 1951). Good written and spoken command of the English
language, as the successful candidate might be required to represent South
Africa in international scientific forums. Research experience in line or longline
fisheries and/or the life-history or population dynamics of large pelagic
predators. Formal courses in advanced statistics, applied mathematics or stock
assessment. Ability and willingness to conduct research diving surveys (class
IV diving certificate would be an advantage). Valid unendorsed Code B driver’s
license.


DUTIES : The incumbent’s responsibility will be to work within the finfish research team
to initiate and conduct applicable research in one or more fields of fisheries
biology relevant to the line function of the Chief Directorate: Fisheries Research
and Development, in order to provide information on the biology and dynamics
of South Africa’s Large Pelagic predators caught by longline and pole-line
fisheries. Responsibility for the generation of routine data reports for
submission to Forums of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations
(RFMOs). Provision of scientific advice pertaining to the sustainable harvest of
Large Pelagic Predators such as tuna, swordfish and pelagic sharks. Compile
research reports, scientific papers and data reports. Liaise and interact at all
levels with individuals involved in harvesting of the relevant teleost and
chondrichthyan species. Supervise and mentor technical support staff.
Participate in field trips including working overtime as required. Attend scientific
meetings/symposia nationally, regionally and internationally. The successful
candidate will be required to be part of a team of scientists that represent South
Africa at the scientific meetings of the Regional Fishery Management
Organisations (ICCAT, CCSBT and IOTC).


ENQUIRIES : Dr. S Kerwath Tel No: (021) – 402 3017; email:
SKerwath@environment.gov.za

APPLICATIONS : May be forwarded to the Director-General, Department of Forestry, Fisheries
and the:
Pretoria Environment, Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001 or hand-delivered to:
Environment House, Erf 1563 Arcadia Extension 6, Cnr Soutpansberg and
Steve Biko Road, Arcadia, Pretoria, marked for the attention: Human
Resources Management.
Cape Town: May be forwarded to the Director-General, Department of
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Private Bag X4390, Cape Town,
8000 or hand-deliver to 14 Loop Street Cape Town,marked for the attention:
Human Resources Management.

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